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Nov 15

Shave Your Fucking Face

Everyone understands that October is breast cancer awareness month and, aside from the fact that awareness is no longer what we need, it’s all well and good. And toward the end of October, you start hearing about No Shave November or Movember as some folks like to do it. This even is also intended to raise awareness and money for worthy causes but, this time around, those causes center around men’s health. Usually prostate cancer is the focus but, if you’re like me, you don’t know much about it. And if you’re like most people, you have no idea that No Shave November is an awareness movement.

It seems like the guys just use it as an excuse to be lazy bastards and skip shaving. Or maybe they consider it a source of entertainment and hope some liquor company will award them money for having a funny mustache, it’s hard to say. There’s an entire Facebook group that has no idea why they’re doing it. It certainly doesn’t seem to be prompting any discussion on the streets and I know if I asked most guys why they’re doing it we’d be right back at the beginning of this paragraph.

For a yearly event that’s been going on longer than I’ve been an adult, Movember hasn’t raised a lot of awareness; although, last year they raised $7.5 million for Livestrong, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and other related charities. That’s not too bad when you consider that Susan G Komen raised a total of $35 million during the entire year of 2010. But the awareness just isn’t there. It’s almost the opposite of Pink For October, really. And this makes me sad because it’s a good cause and I don’t like how it’s become corrupt.

So what should the folks behind Movember do? Viral videos? Street teams? Shirts and merch? Television commercials? All of those things have certainly helped to spread the word about pink. Maybe CBS needs to get up in this and have Mark Harmon do one of those CBS Cares clips? All in favor say “Aye.”

But, in all seriousness, I just can’t help but feel irritated when my Internet is full of such ignorance. I may not be polite about it but consider this my way of raising awareness.

Go get a prostate exam. Yes, even you, Peter Griffin.


4 comments on “Shave Your Fucking Face”

  1. I’d have expected this kind of rant about all the pink stuff during Breast Cancer awareness month since it’s been going on longer and I think the kind of stuff that comes up is even more convoluted and pointless for that than Movember. I mean, the stupid chain posts on FB that just confuses people because it has no connection to breast cancer, even if it’s spread as a way to support it, or all the charities out there that claim they’re fighting for breast cancer but they’re really not. And all the pink! Some things are just pink to be pink and get you to spend money but don’t actually go towards charities.

    Sorry, I kind of went crazy there. I think Movember is a good way to start getting cancers that afflict primarily men off the ground in regards to awareness. There just needs to be more education and actual awareness to go along for the ride, just the same for breast cancer. That point, I definitely do agree with. How sad that men don’t even know what they’re growing their facial hair out for!

    Spread all the awarenesses!! :D

  2. I actually had a rant post about October written but deleted it. I think I ranted last year. Or the year before. Who knows? But the pink thing has gone awry in another way. Yea. the Facebook memes may be confusing and it may not be clear how they’re supposed to raise awareness but there’s never any question that the point is to raise awareness.At least people can do the research on their own. If people even recognize that you’re not shaving and then if they even ask why.. Well, there’s a lot of “ifs” there. I don’t think the statement is quite as bold and as sick as I am of pinkwashing, it got the job done. Corporations are paying attention because society is. Breast cancer awareness is done and successful. We actually need to be moving away from it and toward fundraising. Of course, when Movember gets the attention that pink gets, who’s to say brownwashing won’t start happening? (And eww).

  3. Fine! I’m aware. boo cancer

  4. oop. I did put the wrong URL for the prostate guide. Here’s the right one: http://stirlinghealthr.insanejournal.com/730.html

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